With mid-year exams done and dusted, graduation for senior students as well as grade twelve learners are in sight and I can already see the build-up excitement in students and learners I work with, regarding options towards qualifications as well as the possibility of careers. There is however certain skills that you will need, to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The World Economic Forum’s list on the top 10 skills necessary to ‘survive’ in our new world of work is:

  1. Complex problem solving
  2. Critical thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People management
  5. Coordinating with others
  6. Emotional intelligence
  7. Judgement and decision making
  8. Service orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive flexibility

With creativity as one of the top three most important skills mentioned, we will all need to start thinking, doing and exploring in a new way and from a new perspective. In a recent coffee conversation I had with an innovator from a well-known Cape Town firm, he confirmed the search for a skill set including creativity, to say that as company they specifically search for candidates who are, in combination with required qualifications, also pursuing creativity as habit in terms of art, music, creative writing etc.

One creative tool I regularly use in workshops as well as one on one coaching sessions, is the process of Design Thinking – as developed by the d.school at Stanford University.  This process not only develops new skills towards creative problem solving, but also builds an awareness of unlimited options and combinations of new ideas.

If you are stuck in terms of what you should study, or what career field you should pursue, book a Thyme2B Design thinking session.  You never know, this process may just answer all those questions you are currently exploring. And while you’re at it, when last have you drawn a picture with your non-writing hand?  Believe me, while drawing you’ll come up with a whole bunch of new ideas!

Love & hope


To book a Thyme2B Design thinking or coaching session, contact Liesl at Liesl@thyme2b.co.za

Read the full article on the top 10 skills to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution at:  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-10-skills-you-need-to-thrive-in-the-fourth-industrial-revolution/